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As the temperature changes through the seasons, it is nice to have a pool heater installed that can keep the water in your pool at the perfect temperature no matter how cool it is outside. While many older pool heaters were difficult to use and inefficient, new advances have increased their efficiency significantly, and new technologies enable easy control over the temperature of your pool or spa.

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Natural Gas or Propane Heaters

Natural gas and propane models have made significant improvements in efficiency, and tend to heat faster than heat pump or solar models, but they typically are more expensive to operate. Some of the more significant improvements include:

  • Dual thermostats: Dual thermostats monitor incoming and outgoing water temperatures to ensure proper heating.
  • Electronic ignition: Piezoelectric or hot surface igniters use less energy than pilot lights and cannot be blown out in windy conditions.
  • Better heat exchangers: Titanium or nickel heat exchangers provide more efficient water heating.
  • Digital controls: Digital controls are easier to use, and can be programmable to provide automatic control.

Heat Pump Pool Heaters

Heat pump-based models, such as the ComfortSwim Pool Heater, have benefited from significant improvements that make them easier to use, more efficient, and quieter. These advances include:

  • Improved heat exchangers: Titanium heat exchangers resist corrosion and provide better heat transfer.
  • Better expansion valves: Improved expansion valves provide better control over refrigerant flow, improving efficiency, especially at lower outdoor temperatures.
  • Improved coil designs: Better coil designs lead to more efficient heat transfers.
  • Better compressors: Optional scroll compressors are quieter and more efficient, reducing energy usage.
  • Quieter fans: Variable-speed system fans are quieter and more efficient.
  • Electronic controls: Digital controls make the system easy to use.

Solar Pool Heaters

Improvements in the collector designs and materials continue to increase the efficiency of solar heaters, and when used in combination with gas, propane or heat pump models, they can significantly reduce energy costs.

To learn more about the features available on pool heaters, contact our team at Conditioned Air today. We serve southwest Florida, including the Naples, Ft. Myers and Sarasota areas.

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ductless mini split air conditioningOne of the easiest ways to add a cooling system to an existing home is by installing a ductless mini split air conditioning system. Unlike central air conditioners, these systems do not require a duct system and they use only a small conduit to connect the indoor and outdoor portions. Today’s ductless mini split systems are extremely efficient and offer many great innovations and features.

Variable-Speed Compressors

In many conventional air conditioners, the compressor runs at a single speed, and can only switch on when the temperature becomes too high, and switch off when the desired temperature is met. This can be inefficient and cause excess wear on the system’s compressor and other components, while creating unnecessary temperature swings between cycles. Variable-speed inverter compressors can run at any speed, allowing the system to adjust the cooling capacity precisely to the current conditions, which increases the system’s efficiency and keeps your home comfortable regardless of the temperature outside.

Variable-Speed System Fans

Like the variable speed-compressor, variable speed fans on the condenser and evaporator coils allow the system to better adjust the cooling capacity to current conditions, and they reduce the energy usage of the system. In addition, when the evaporator fan is allowed to run at slower speeds, it makes the system much quieter and reduces noise levels in the room where the indoor unit is installed.

Efficient Coil Designs

Specially designed coils maximize the heat-transfer surface and increase the efficiency of the transfer process. Improved R-410 refrigerant also helps increase the efficiency of the coils, while protecting the environment.

Improved Control Systems

Efficient control systems use multiple sensors to detect current conditions and adjust the output accordingly. Advanced remote controls allow you to control your ductless mini split air conditioning system from a distance, and some systems can even be controlled remotely from the Internet.

With all these advances, today’s ductless mini split air conditioning systems are about twice as efficient as older models. To learn more about mini split systems, contact our team at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including the Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples areas.

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Air Conditioning ProblemsOne of the most common air conditioning problems in South Florida is a frozen evaporator coil, which happens when the evaporator coil cannot absorb heat correctly and its temperature drops below freezing, turning any condensed moisture on the coil into ice. Not only does this prevent the system from cooling properly, it can also cause permanent damage to certain components. To get the system running properly, you will have to determine the cause, correct it and thaw the coil.

Airflow Problems

In many cases, poor airflow can prevent the coil from absorbing the heat in your home, allowing it to freeze up. Reductions in airflow can be triggered by a dirty or clogged air filter, an obstructed supply or return duct, or problems with the blower fan. Replace the air filter, if necessary, and check your air ducts for obstructions. Make sure none of the vents are covered by furniture, curtains or other items. Check the blower fan and make sure that it is relatively clean and operating correctly, and that its belt is not damaged or slipping.

Dirty Evaporator Coil

Household dust, pet hair and other debris can accumulate on the evaporator coil over time and prevent it from absorbing heat properly. If your evaporator coil is excessively dirty, allow it to thaw, then clean it gently using a soft brush and a vacuum cleaner, being careful to not bend any of the delicate cooling fins.

Refrigerant Problems

Low refrigerant levels, leaks or a clog in the lines can also cause major air conditioning problems like freezing. To correct a refrigerant problem, or any other serious issue, you will need to call a professional.

Thawing the Coils

To thaw the evaporator coils, turn off power to the system and allow the ice to melt naturally. To speed things up a hair dryer or heat gun can be used in a pinch, but never use tools to remove ice, as they may damage the refrigerant lines.

For help with your air conditioning problems, call our cooling experts at Conditioned Air. We serve Ft. Meyers, Naples, Sarasota and the surrounding areas.